Indie Author Day – Oct 14

It’s October and it’s Indie Author Day..

The Watertown Library is a host site for the 2nd Annual Indie Author Day when libraries around the world welcome their local indie authors and interested members of the public for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and much more!

Join us on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm when the Watertown Library at 470 Main St, Watertown CT.

The Watertown Library welcomes local authors: Cindy Eastman, Joseph McGee, and AJ O’Connell for a meet and greet with the public as well as a live panel discussion at 1:00pm.

Robin Osborn will moderate the panel discussion. Robin is a longtime Friend of the Library and leads our Reading Groups for adults that meet from September through June. She is the retired head of the English Department at the Taft School.

Refreshments at Noon – Free and open to the public – RSVP to 860-945-5360

Contact the library at 860-945-5360 for more information.

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Leadership Seminar – Albany NYC on Oct 27

Computer Visions, and their partner Sterling Thompson, have been known for the last 21 years as the premier providers of technical training. What many people may not realize is that they have actively supported and provided “soft skills” training. WHY? Because they understand the success of their own companies was due in large part because of these “soft skills” exhibited by their own employees.

The significance of leadership –
All successful organizations and businesses need effective leaders. The leadership of effective and well trained leaders is paramount to providing an agreed upon goal for the company’s success. Leaders are invaluable when it comes to formulating and communicating new strategic directions, as well as communicating with and motivating employees to increase dedication to organizational goals. Ongoing leadership skills training is essential to making sure that leaders are on the right track. Start now by learning “Leadership Lessons Inspired By A Six-Year Old.”
Computer Visions is pleased to partner with leading management author Joseph McGee to provide a FREE 2½ hour leadership seminar. He will also be raffling off a couple signed copies of his book!

Friday, October 27 at 1:30 PM – 4 PM

RSVP at 518-437-1600 or email Space is limited!

Computer Visions
16 Corporate Woods Blvd
Albany, New York 12211
(518) 437-1600

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Joe McGee to interview Linda Campanella on Sept 30, 2017

September 7, 2017- Joe McGee will be sitting down with Linda Campanella on September 30th as part of his September Podcast with focus on meeting local authors. Linda is the author of, “When All That’s Left of Me Is Love: A Daughter’s Story of Letting Go.” This book can be seen here on Linda’s website – Click Here. This podcast will be filmed from West Hartford, Connecticut.

More About Linda 

Linda Campanella is a management consultant, mother, and wife who lives in West Hartford, CT. She also is a daughter whose grief following her terminally ill mother’s death flowed from her broken heart through her fingers and onto the blank pages of what became a memoir about her family’s determination to enjoy life even while anticipating death. Linda considers herself an accidental author; her book, she says, essentially wrote itself.

Published in August 2011, When All That’s Left of Me Is Love: A Daughter’s Story of Letting Go is a personal memoir and loving tribute to the author’s mother. The book takes readers on an intimate and emotional journey from day of diagnosis through moment of death and into the few months of Linda’s being a motherless daughter. It has received many honors and awards, including being named a 2012 Nautilus Silver Medalist, a 2012 Living Now Book Awards gold medal winner, and a 2013 Indie Excellence Book Awards finalist.

Since her mother’s death and her book’s publication, Linda has been interviewed and invited to give keynote speeches about terminal illness, joyful and purposeful living, dignified and peaceful dying, and the journey through grief to gratitude. She has become a very vocal and passionate advocate for compassionate end-of-life care, largely out of gratitude for her family’s experience with hospice. Linda has been interviewed and invited to give keynote speeches about terminal illness, joyful and purposeful living, dignified and peaceful dying, and moving through grief to gratitude. She has written op-eds and other published articles, testified before the Connecticut legislature, and given presentations at conferences focused on hospice and palliative care. She currently serves on the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare’s National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award Review Committee.

Before starting her own consulting company in 2001, Linda served as chief operating officer at Trinity College in Hartford. Previously she was a senior executive at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, and prior to that she was an aerospace trade negotiator in the executive branch of the federal government. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German from Amherst College and a master’s in international business from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Joe, and they have three grown sons.

More information about Linda’s book and advocacy can be found at, on Facebook (Linda Campanella, Author), and on Twitter (@campanellalinda).

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September PodCast: Meeting Local Authors..

August 23, 2017 – For our September Podcast we will be catching up with Beth Caurso and Steve Liskow. Joe McGee will be interviewing Beth on September 24th in Windsor, CT and Steve on September 16th in Wethersfield, CT.

More about Beth Caruso

Author Beth M. Caruso grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent her childhood writing puppet shows and witches’ cookbooks. She became interested in French Literature and Hispanic Studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She later obtained Masters degrees in Nursing and Public Health.

Working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, she helped to improve the public health of local Karen hill tribes. She also had the privilege to care for hundreds of babies and their mothers as a labor and delivery nurse. Largely influenced by an apprenticeship with herbalist and wildcrafter, Will Endres, in North Carolina, she surrounds herself with plants through gardening and native species conservation.

Her latest passion is to discover and convey important stories of women in American history. One of Windsor is her debut novel. She lives in New England with her awesome husband, amazing children, loyal puppy, and cuddly cats.

About the Book: One of Windsor

When I first heard about Alice (Alse) Young several years ago, I was shocked to discover that she was the first American colonist hanged for witchcraft. Up until that time, I had only known about the witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts.  Since then, I have had the chance to learn about so many other accusations and trials throughout New England and especially in Connecticut. Upset that such an important historical event and person was so largely unrecognized and unacknowledged, I decided that one day I would tell her story to the best of my ability.

About Steve Liskow

Several of Steve’s novels take place in the Greater Hartford area and focus on issues including teen trafficking on the Berlin Turnpike, a shooting at a public school and stalking at roller derby. The Kids Are All Right, the fourth in his series about Hartford PI Zach Barnes, was a finalist for the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. His other series, featuring PI and wannabe rock and roll guitar player Chris “Woody” Guthrie, is set in Detroit.

His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and several anthologies. “Hot Sugar Blues” was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Short Story from the Mystery Writers of America, and “Stranglehold” won the Black Orchid Novella Award.

He majored in English at Oakland University in Michigan, where he also played bass in a band and was a DJ on the campus radio station. Many of his books use song titles, probably stemming from his love of rock and blues, which began when he saw Muddy Waters open for Martha & The Vandellas.

A former actor, theatrical director, guitar player and English teacher, Steve now serves as a mentor and panelist for both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also conducts workshops on writing fiction at several local libraries and lives in Newington, CT with his wife Barbara and two rescued cats.

About Steve’s Published Works:
  • Hit Somebody (Trash & Byrne 2) 2017
  • Dark Gonna Catch Me Here (Woody Guthrie 3) 2016
  • The Nowhere Man (Zach Barnes 5) 2016
  • Oh Lord, Won’t You Steal Me a Mercedes Benz (Woody Guthrie 2) 2015
  • The Kids Are All Right (Zach Barnes 4) 2014
    [Shamus Award Finalist, Best Indie Novel, 2015]
  • Postcards of the Hanging 2014
  • Blood On The Tracks (Woody Guthrie 1) 2013
    [Honorable Mention, Writers Digest Self-Published Novel Awards, 2014]
  • The Night Has 1000 Eyes (Zach Barnes 3) 2013
  • Run Straight Down 2012
  • Cherry Bomb (Zach Barnes 2) 2012
  • The Whammer Jammers 2011
  • Who Wrote the Book of Death? (Zach Barnes 1) 2010, Re-edited, 2011

Short Stories

  • “Smothered Mate” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
    Jan/Feb 2016
  • “One Headlight” Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
    September 2015
  • “Dead Man’s Hand” Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
    July 2015
  • “Santa & The Shortstop” Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
    April 2015
  • “Hot Sugar Blues” Vengeance
    (Tekno Books/Mystery Writers of America) 2012
    [Edgar Finalist, Best Short Story, 2013]
  • “Sweet Hitch Hiker” Dead Calm
    (Level Best Books) 2011
  • “Ring of Fire” Thin Ice
    (Level Best Books) 2010
  • “Stranglehold” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
    July/August 2010
    [Black Orchid Novella Award, 2009]
  • “Little Things” Quarry
    (Level Best Books) 2009
    [Honorable Mention, Al Blanchard Award, 2008]
  • “Susie Cue” Dead Fall
    (Level Best Books) 2008
    [Honorable Mention, Al Blanchard Award, 2007]
  • “Running on Empty” Still Waters
    (Level Best Books) 2007

Contributor to

  • Now Write! Mystery, Thrillers and Crime
    (Tarcher/Penguin, 2011)

More information about Beth Caurso can be found on her website [One of Windsor] 

More information about Steve Liskow can be found on his website [Steve Liskow]

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